Skateboarding to the Olympics?

We’ve been hearing rumours for years.

Skateboarding exhibitions will be allowed during the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, in August, an opportunity presented by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach last year to a sport seeking Olympic inclusion.

Skateboarding was the only non-Olympic sport invited to host exhibitions at the event, said Gary Ream, president of the International Skatingboarding Federation (ISF), according to Sports Business Daily. …

Olympic Talk


Personally, I’m not much of a skateboard fan. I’d prefer aggressive inline rollerskating.

Tony Hawk:

skateboarding is “very likely to be in the 2020 Games”

Festival International des Sports Extrèmes

The FISE World Montpellier is the first stop of the first international extreme sports tour FISE World Series. …

… travel around the world with 4 amazing events. Montpellier in France will be the first one, then Andorra on June 27-29, Malaysia on September 4-7 and China on October 24-26.

Click PLAY or watch Montpellier highlights on YouTube.

Action sports seem to do a much better job than acrobatic sports at drawing sponsors and an audience.

(via Cirque’s Stacy Clark)

best of the web 2013

This tightly edited montage includes some of the best acrobatic clips of the year.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Here’s the list of 187 videos used for this compilation.

WIN a week at Woodward

Sunoco is offering a free scholarship for one lucky kid and three of their friends to attend Camp Woodward, a high tech action sports camp, for one week this summer.

To win the scholarship, kids ages 7-17 can submit a video about how they are fueled by their friends to become the best they can be. Once they post their video to Instagram, Vine or Tout with both of these hashtags: #FueledbySunoco AND #CampWoodward they’re entered to win!

Camp Woodward offers unique camping covering many specialties including gymnastics, cheerleading, skateboarding, bmx, inline skating, snowboarding & skiing and digital media.

The contest is only for a short time – the deadline to post videos is July 17th

full details on the contest

World Games 2013 Cali

The World Games of 2013 will take place in the city of Cali, Colombia from July 25 to August 4.

32 official sports and 4 invitational sports include:

Acrobatic gymnastics
Aerobic gymnastics
Artistic roller skating
Rhythmic gymnastics
Trampoline & Tumbling

Sport climbing

Click PLAY or watch a Gymnastics sports preview on YouTube.

official website

baseball/softball, karate and wushu, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboard

All possible new Olympic sports.

… a decision due at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in September 2013. The IOC Executive Board will add another to the mix in February when an existing Olympic sport gets cut. …

… While baseball-softball, karate and squash have the finance to promote their bids internationally, some of the smaller federations don’t have the money to invest in promoting their profiles globally. …

Around the Rings – IOC Warns Sports Bidding for 2020 Olympics Against Lavish Spending

I’d wager on recently merged baseball-softball getting back in. Then roller sports.

Personally, from that list, I’d vote for sport climbing. :)


Skateboarding in the Olympics?

The Summer Olympic Sports of the Future

White pushing for Olympic skateboarding

(via sportsmyriad)

Camp Woodward SOLD

The 425-acre camp in Haines Township, and its offshoots in Wisconsin and California, along with its brand name and licensing rights, was sold last week to Powdr Corp., an investment group that owns nine ski resorts across the country.

Powdr CFO Jennifer Botter said her company is looking to build more camps both inside the U.S. and in as many as 30 foreign countries. …

Powdr’s interest in the camp was sparked by its purchase of Colorado’s Copper Mountain ski resort, where a Camp Woodward-licensed facility, dedicated to winter sports instruction for youth, opened in 2009.

“We became quite enamored of the people — Gary Ream in particular — and really became aware of what the camp was doing for the action sports industry,” Botter said.

Ream is the co-owner of Camp Woodward and the man behind its transition from a gymnastics-centered camp into an action sports mecca. …

Botter said Powdr agreed last month to purchase a majority stake in Camp Woodward from Ream and a few other co-owners, including Ream’s family members. Care was taken during the acquisition not to disrupt Camp Woodward’s summer season, she said.

Botter did not disclose the purchase price, but said Ream will remain president and his executive team will be retained. …

Firm buys Camp Woodward, vows to expand name

What does this mean for Gymnastics and Cheer?

Leave a comment if you’ve heard anything.

(via College Gymnastics Board)